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Gay marriage support has risks for Republicans

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

As more state legislatures around the country consider whether to legalize same-sex weddings, an analysis of gay marriage votes in eight states shows that Republican lawmakers who backed it often faced consequences -- including loss of their seats.



Miss. Medicaid expansion effort hobbled in House

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

Mississippi House Republicans are again trying to thwart long-shot efforts by Democrats to expand Medicaid, with each side accusing the other of endangering coverage for low-income people who are already on the program.



Miss. bill would create early childhood ed program

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

The Mississippi House passed a bill Thursday to create Mississippi's first state-funded prekindergarten program, in limited form.



Towboat firm being billed for inspection

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span's post-accident inspection.



Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation's next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Barack Obama's actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.


GSDP officials name market board members

Posted 2/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Community development officials have picked the first members for the newly formed Starkville Community Market Advisory Board, and that group will hold its first meeting Feb. 27.

Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops who launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized with the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.


Obama pushes preschool programs in Georgia trip

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to expand preschool programs comes as one out of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms is at risk of being kicked out if lawmakers don't sidestep a budget meltdown.


Business brief: Foster named vice president

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business

Palmer Home for Children has named Dr. David Foster as Vice President of Children's Services.

Business brief: Smith receives scholarship

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business

Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, has been named the sole recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship.

Business brief: Stewart elevated to College of Fellows

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business

The 2013 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Belinda Stewart, FAIA to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.


Building permits 2-14-13

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business



Social Security head: Program fraying from neglect

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all "really walked away from Social Security," he says, leaving the program "fraying because of inattention to its problems."



Tears, applause for pope at last public Mass

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

With a humble "Grazie" as bishops doffed their mitres and applause echoed through St. Peter's Basilica, a frail Pope Benedict XVI began his long farewell by presiding over Ash Wednesday services in a tearful, final public Mass.


Colom trial ends in another hung jury

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in five years, the trial of a Columbus man ended in a hung jury. Charlton Aaron Colom, 35, on trial in Lowndes County Municipal Court for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, was free Wednesday after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Be mine! Browns celebrate 67th anniversary on Valentine's Day

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are easy in the spaces between words, no need to rush, no rush to be. They have -- have had -- a lifetime together. And it turned out fine, Willie Brown says, gazing at his wife, Hazel. It turned out fine.

Questions remain as school merger bill moves forward

Posted 2/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that calls for the consolidation of the Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District.


American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline.



Three candidates vie for community developer position

Posted 2/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen could hire a new community developer Tuesday during their recess meeting, Mayor Parker Wiseman says.



Marriages and divorces 2-14-13

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business



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